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The Prime Minister's statement on the Government's Brexit proposal to the EU

For those who may not have seen it, this is the statement made by the Prime Minister to the House of Commons on his government's latest proposals to the European Union on a withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU.

With permission, Mr Speaker, I shall make a statement on the government’s proposals for a new agreement with our European friends

that would honour the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit on 31st October - in an orderly way with a deal.

This government’s objective has always been to leave with a deal. And these constructive and reasonable proposals show our seriousness of purpose.

They do not deliver everything that we would have wished. They do represent a compromise.

But to remain a prisoner of existing positions is to become a cause of deadlock rather than breakthrough.

And so we have made a genuine attempt to bridge the chasm, to reconcile the apparently irreconcilable. And to go the extra mile as time runs short.

Our starting point is that this House promised to respect the referendum before the vote. More people voted Leave than voted for any political party in our history.

This referendum must be respected.